Leo Victor Panitch (BA Manitoba, MA & PhD London
School of Economics) is the Senior Canada Research Chair in
Comparative Political Economy and Distinguished Research Professor of
Political Science at York University, Toronto, and the co-editor of the
internationally renowned annual volume, The Socialist Register.
Co-author of the recently released In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives
His many books American Empire and the Political Economy of Global Finance, (Palgrave Macmillan 2009); Renewing Socialism: Transforming Democracy, Strategy and Imagination (Merlin 2008); Global Capitalism and American Empire (Merlin, 2004); From Consent to Coercion: The Assault on Trade Union Freedoms (Garamond 2003); The End of Parliamentary Socialism (Verso 2001); A Different Kind of State? Popular Power and Democratic Administration (Oxford University Press 1992); Working Class Politics in Crisis (Verso 1986), The Canadian State: Political Economy and Political Power (University of Toronto Press 1977); and Social Democracy and Industrial Militancy (Cambridge University Press 1976). In 1994 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada for “the wide ranging impact of his published scholarship”, including “his theoretical argument about the limitations of corporatism and for his contribution to the development of the theory of the state in capitalist societies.” He is now completing a major book with his co-author Sam Gindin on The Making of Global Capitalism. Foreign Policy magazine (May/June 2009) featured his essay on ‘Thoroughly Modern Marx’ on its front cover.